The Graduate College

Thesis & Dissertation

**IMPORTANT NOTE: as of May 2018, the Interim Dean of the Graduate College is Dr. Clay S. Gloster, Jr. He must be included on the Signature Page. Please see the Word template and sample Signature Pages below.**

Many Master’s programs at N.C. A&T require a formal thesis and all Ph.D. programs require a dissertation. The main purpose of writing a thesis or dissertation is to develop original research and scholarship into a well-crafted document that can be shared with peers and colleagues. The Graduate College is responsible for ensuring that theses and dissertations written by our graduates adhere to consistent formatting and quality guidelines. Following graduation, the final thesis/dissertation document will be published electronically to the ProQuest/UMI Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Database.

Below, you will find official Thesis/Dissertation deadlines, the submission process, and numerous resources to help you successfully write and format your document, including the Thesis/Dissertation Handbook, Word Template, and additional online resources.

Checklist: Submission Process
Checklist: Formatting Guidelines

Thesis/Dissertation Deadlines 

Fall 2019

NOTE: The student must be registered and must have applied for graduation before the thesis/dissertation can be reviewed. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for the deadline to apply for graduation.

Friday, October 25: DEFENSE DEADLINE (Last day to defend Thesis/Dissertation)

Thursday, October 31: SUBMISSION DEADLINE (Last day for Major Professor to send the three submission documents by email. See section “Submission of Documents to Graduate College” below for details.) 

Monday, November 25: SIGNATURE PAGE DUE (Last day to submit final copy of Signature Page complete with original signatures of major professor, committee members, and department chairperson. The Signature Page must be submitted to the Graduate College's main office--120 Gibbs Hall).

How to Submit Thesis/Dissertation to the Graduate College

PLEASE READ THE DIRECTIONS BELOW CAREFULLY. The key steps are also described in this one-page handout.
Thesis and Dissertation Formatting Handbook 
Thesis/Dissertation Template (Microsoft Word version) -- updated May 2018
LaTeX-based Thesis/Dissertation Template (LaTeX version, created by Lee Redfearn; note that some components of this template--including the SIGNATURE PAGE--are OUT OF DATE and that the Graduate College cannot provide technical assistance with this LaTeX template. This is just a model to help you get started.)

Submission Forms


Additional Writing Resources


If you have additional questions, please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Writing Services, Dr. Shea Bigsby, at